Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood Leaf
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Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood Leaf
Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood Additional Product Shot 104
Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood Additional Product Shot 989

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-7
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Part Shade
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Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood
Cornus alternifolia 'W. Stackman' PP 11,287

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Pagoda Dogwood gets its name from its branching habit's resemblance to the tiers of a Chinese pagoda. Despite the Asian reference, though, this tree is 100% American, native to swampy areas of the Eastern U.S. Native plant enthusiasts have always admired this small ornamental tree, but it has never really caught on with the general public. Until now. With its luminous yellow variegation, Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood has turned this humble green frog into a prince! You'll love the way the horizontal branching makes the dazzling golden foliage seem to float in space. We are thrilled to offer this rare and special tree that will be the showpiece of your shady borders.

 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-7
  • Spacing: 12-15'
  • Exposure: Part Shade
  • Show more ›

The Story

Sometimes a plant, tired of wearing green every day, decides to mix things up.  It sends out one branch clothed in leaves flamboyantly splashed with yellow or white.  This is what happened to Walt Stackman’s Pagoda Dogwood in the 1990s, and Golden Shadows® was born.  Walt, of West Chicago, is known for his daylily breeding, but when this chance mutation, or “sport” as it’s called, appeared on his tree, he knew he had to become a tree introducer too, and he filed for a patent on his marvelous new plant.

The Details

This Pagoda Dogwood won't be hiding in the shadows! Lime green leaves are edged in gold - colors that just demand attention. Fragrant white flower clusters appear in late spring followed by dark blue fruit - which the songbirds love! Golden Shadows can be used as an accent plant, in rock gardens, in mass plantings and even near water gardens or ponds.

How to Grow

Give this tree’s needs careful consideration when deciding where to place it.  It must have sun to develop its variegation, but too much sun will scorch the leaves.  Planting it in the dappled shade cast by a small-leaved tree like Honeylocust might be ideal, but don’t make Golden Shadows® compete with it for water.  This tree asks for steady moisture and will lose out in a battle over water rights.  A canker disease occasionally affects this tree, so keep it growing vigorously, so it can better fend off attacks.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 15'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Spacing 12-15'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green/Yellow
Fall Leaf Color Purple/Red
Flower Color White
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Dark Blue
Fruit Time Summer
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: A

Size A

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Size A Trees:

5-6' tall tree form, single stemmed with developed branching. Not an aggressive grower. Caliper less than 1" when shipped.

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Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood Leaf
Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood Additional Product Shot 104
Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood Additional Product Shot 989